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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Lost in the Western Isles

In the paw prints of a dog called Reubs, Lucy Gillmore hikes the Uists and Barra

Your starter for 10...Where is the student who taught politicians how to handle Paxman?

Tom Peck hunts for Alex Guttenplan, star of University Challenge

Christine Bleakley joins Sport Relief stars for PM's reception

Cross-Channel water-skier Christine Bleakley joined other Sport Relief stars to be congratulated on their efforts by the Prime Minister today.

Water-ski challenge was torture says Bleakley

Exhausted TV host Christine Bleakley completed her water-ski challenge across the English Channel today - and said it was "utter torture".

Britain's oldest shipwreck discovered off Devonshire coast

A 3,000 year old Bronze Age trading vessel – the oldest shipwreck ever found in British waters – has been located off the coast of Devon in South West England.

Faster than the speed of sound: the man who falls to earth

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who made the first unpowered flight across the English Channel in 2003, now plans to skydive from the edge of space. Tony Paterson reports

Three hours in, 11,000-mile charity flight ends in death

Father fundraising for Help for Heroes crashes microlight en route to Australia

Don't blame us – it was the wrong kind of snow

Stranded passengers hoping coaches will take them to ferry terminals as tensions mount at St Pancras and Gare du Nord

Anger at winter transport chaos

Thousands of passengers on both sides of the Channel were scrambling to get home in time for Christmas last night after Eurostar blamed the closure of their train network on the wrong type of snow.

Huge ice age river carved the English Channel

Prehistoric Fleuve Manche cut through land bridge to Europe, say scientists

Leading article: A river ran through it

Deep down, we knew it all along, didn't we? The reason for Britain's love-hate relationship with Europe, and more particularly with France, is that we were originally part of the Continent and broke away. Once upon a time, when all was peace, harmony and entente, the Weald of Kent and Sussex merged effortlessly into the rolling hills of Artois. The roses of Picardy were as much ours as theirs.

Jet man ditches into the sea

A Swiss pilot aiming to become the first person to complete an intercontinental crossing using a jet-powered wing was forced to ditch into the sea today.

Edgar Lee: Last survivor of an heroic 1942 attack on the Luftwaffe by six Swordfish biplanes

On 12 February 1942 six obsolete Swordfish biplanes flew against the strongest force Hitler ever put to sea – two battleships, a heavy cruiser and powerful escorts afloat and in the air. All six Swordfish were shot down. Edgar Lee was a 19-year-old observer/navigator in one of the Swordfish and was one of only five men rescued from 18. He was the last survivor of the action, and the only man to escape unhurt.

Trail of the unexpected: Surfers set for Dorset

Bournemouth's long-awaited artificial reef has opened for surfers. Ben Mondy tests the water

Protests as children held in 'Jungle' migrants swoop

Refugee groups attacked today's "distressing" swoop on the Jungle camp in Calais as calls were made for Britain to consider taking in some of the dozens of detained child immigrants.

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Bread from heaven

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

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Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

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